Today is the start of Biketoberfest 2012 in Daytona Beach, FL. It’s the smaller brother to Bike Week, which oddly enough lasts longer than a week. I was just reviewing my photos from previous events like this one, and I’m mostly disappointed. There are plenty of shots that document the nature of the place, from wild characters to wild activity (some of which is likely best not posted here). However, I don’t have any that I’ve worked to capture the essence of the people, the place or the event.
Usually, I just dismiss this by saying “I don’t shoot events”, but there’s more to it. It’s probably more accurate to say that I suck at shooting events, and I’d like to work on improving that problem during Biketoberfest 2012. Let me give you an example. Let’s take a look at the Biker dude below.This guy is a character and I didn’t do him justice. It was a quick snap, but a poor one. There’s a big shadow across his face that I could have corrected by having him turn slightly into the sunlight. There’s a cluttered background, although it shows that biker events are cluttered places. Basically, it’s a snapshot in a place. Having spent some time this year at the Star Wars Celebration, I’m finally starting to understand how its similar to Biketoberfest.
- There are passionate people who dress up for the event
- There are plenty of scenes that could make a good stage, if you pay attention
- There are cool vehicles just waiting for the right person to pose
- Plenty of people there have weapons
That last one is a bit touchy. While the folks at Star Wars had plastic guns and plastic sticks shaped like blades, bikers have real guns and real blades. Not all of them, but enough that everyone there is quite courteous to strangers.
My schedule is a bit limited for Biketoberfest 2012, but I’m going to see if I can get a couple of decent scenes or portraits this time around. The weather looks good for this weekend. Let’s just hope I don’t drop my Nikon off my Harley.